Gaddafi’s Libya – Human Rights

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Libya’s human rights policies under Muammar Gaddafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya were recognized by the United Nations as achievements worthy of award.  In 2011 Amnesty International awarded Muammar Gaddafi with the Human Rights Hero award.  This short video shows why.

That’s right–the same man, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, that NATO and the United States proclaimed as a “brutal dictator,” was set to be given an award for his human rights record in Libya.

Women’s Rights

According to Muammar Gaddafi, “Women, like men, are human beings.   This is an incontestable truth.  Women are different from men in form because they are females, just as all females in the kingdom of plants and animals differ from the male of their species” (The Green Book).  

Women in Libya are free to work and to dress as they like, subject to family constraints. When they give birth, they are given $5000 for herself and her child.

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech was mandatory in Libya while Muammar Gaddafi was in the position of advising the country,   “While it is democratically not permissible for an individual to own any information or publishing medium, all individuals have a natural right to self-expression by any means, even if such means were insane and meant to prove a person’s insanity” (The Green Book).

This quote is often used to prove Gaddafi was insane, or encouraged insanity, but in all reality taken IN context, he is saying that people should be free to express themselves, even if they are expressing their insanity.

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